Havah Nagilah

The download of this popular Israeli folk song includes:

  • a simple translation
  • suggested dance steps.

This song is great for:

  • preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'triplet'
  • preparing and practising the melodic element 'si'
  • introducing the melodic element 'ri' (if 'si' is already known)
  • teaching melodic sequence
  • working on intonation of Major 3rd (mi-si) in minor tonality
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Kodály Analysis:

Havah Nagilah Theme: Multicultural Games: Circle
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type:
Scale: Harmonic Minor CSP: C - D Age: Upper Primary - Middle Secondary
Tones: r ri m f si l finalis ti d high r high m high Rhythm: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;  
Melodic: m si f m ; si ti l si ; l d high ti l ; si f m f si ; si m ; f m r m ; r l ; ti r high d high ti ; ti m high ti ; m high m ; m ri m ; m d high ; d high ti l si l finalis
Prep: , ri si
MC: ri
Prac: , ri si


Origin: Israeli Folk Song
Source: Discovering Music Together 8; Follett Publishing Company

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